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The National Board for Respiratory Care Adult Critical Care Specialist Examination (NBRC-ACCS) is an examination for the certification credential of respiratory practitioners in the United States. The NBRC-ACCS is developed and owned by the National Board for Respiratory Care and administers the examination through its for-profit private stock testing company Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.


The NBRC requires the candidate be 18 years old at the time of application for the examination and must also be a registered respiratory therapist with one year of intensive care experience.[1]

Post-nominal identification[edit]

Those who are actively certified as a Respiratory Care Adult Critical Care Specialist are permitted to use the post-nominal letters "ACCS" or "RRT-ACCS" depending on their preference.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Barnes TA, Kacmarek RM, Kageler WV, Morris MJ, Durbin CG (2011). "Transitioning the respiratory therapy workforce for 2015 and beyond.". Respir Care 56 (5): 681–90. doi:10.4187/respcare.01169. PMID 21276324.